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InvisibleTinMan
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Windows 2003
    #2290088 - 01/31/04 07:00 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I want to see some discussion and opinions flying around in this thread. I got my copy free a few months ago and just installed it. The new IIS is great as well as the streaming music plug-in. I hope the server edition of 2003 is better than the previous versions...


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Re: Windows 2003 [Re: TinMan]
    #2290280 - 01/31/04 07:58 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I'm interested in hearing some peoples views on Windows 2003 too... I'm pretty much done with MS. I'm moving to Linux. But I'd still like to hear what others think.

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Re: Windows 2003 [Re: Lana]
    #2290315 - 01/31/04 08:18 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

ermm
i did not know there was a windows 2003?

hurray linux...
yay.. windows 2k but not as much


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InvisibleTinMan
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Re: Windows 2003 [Re: ]
    #2290325 - 01/31/04 08:20 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

WHOA! Chill out! We don't need your excessive flaming in here. :wink:


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Re: Windows 2003 [Re: TinMan]
    #2292463 - 02/01/04 09:41 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I've still got the Server 2003-64 disc to install, but my old 20g ide drive, that i use for temp installs, just died last night =\


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Invisibledjfrog
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Re: Windows 2003 [Re: TinMan]
    #2293138 - 02/02/04 04:00 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I run Windows Server2k3 for work and though I'm pretty biased I think I can fairly say what I like about it. I like being able to control the computer remotely, I used to work from home alot. WindowsXP Professional has this ability as well, but on XP only one user client session can run at a time, though control can be shared with a remote usertime. Also, if I want to share some files via 'http://' thats pretty straightforward on Server2k3. But I don't think most people really host stuff from their home PCs, although its desireable. For local networks, local file sharing is sufficient (if you have a hardware firewall keeping out others from the filesharing) and doable with WindowsXP. Your internet connection may not allow you to host 'http://' and will likely cramp your bandwidth regardless, but some people may still want to host stuff that way.
I think WindowsXP limits the number of incoming TCP connections you can have, the different flavors of Server increase that limit. When you run Server I think you may also have to start paying more to run extra processors.


Windows Server2k3, being a server OS, exposes more configuration details straight to the user. Different client services are managed independently, many are turned off for security purposes. Unless you actively watch security issues related to the software I would not leave it exposed outside a firewall, like any OS I know. Its debateable as to whether a server2k3 box or linux box is easily kept secure, but both require active maintenance unless you have a hardware firewall.

There is a software firewall, but I'm skeptical of software firewalls by nature.

The only problems I have now are due to incompatibilities between my computer's video card and some beta software I run on the machine. All in all I don't think Server2k3 is something a home user needs over WindowsXP, but if you're in a work environment where there are many machines and users then I'd recommend the extra cost of Server2k3. If I had some spare time I'd have fun tinkering with ASP.NET and building distributed apps, maybe write up a site for apartment rental classifieds.


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